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review 2017-11-09 22:37
Square 4! Penance Day Read
Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters

This is my first filled square for the 16 Tasks game. I decided to do:

 

Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

This is 9th in the Brother Cadfael series, and our erstwhile detective/medieval monk and herbalist, must determine who murdered Sheriff Gilbert Prestcote once he is returned from Wales as part of a prisoner exchange. The prisoner, the young, brash Welsh noble Elis, has managed to fall in love with Prestcote's daughter, Melicent, who returns his affections. Once Prestcote is murdered, suspicion falls on Elis.

 

This is very standard fare for a Brother Cadfael mystery. Cadfael must determine who killed the Sheriff using the tools at his disposal in the 12th century (which is to say, some cloth fibers and the strong compulsion based upon religious norms to unburden oneself before dying). It isn't the strongest entry in the series, but Melicent and Elis were likeable, although their instalove made me eyeroll a bit.

 

The end of the book was so abrupt that I wondered if something had gone wrong with my download, however. The story just . . . ends. And then a preview of the next book in the series begins. For that, I give it 3 1/2 stars.

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review 2017-11-05 13:39
Library of Souls
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

 

 

This is my book for Día de los Muertos

 

This was a very entertaining story.  I´m amazed at this guy´s mind.  I mean, how does he do it?  The story never got dull or too ¨out there¨  for me.  It actually got better as it went.  Actually, even when I thought the story was over and was just going to wind up in the last little bit, it actually threw me back into OMG mode again.  

 

I don´t have a lot of books that I decide to keep in my ¨library¨.  Nearly every book I read gets picked up used and after I read it it gets traded or donated.  The Peculiar Children Trilogy will have a permanent spot on my shelf though.  My husband bought me the first book and after reading that I realized I needed to get the books in hardback.  I love the vintage pictures and I´m sure I´ll read them again and again.  I just have to get the first book in hardback for my set to look legit.  

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quote 2017-11-05 07:17
I picked up the closest thing at hand--which happened to be a hand--and threw it.
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs  page 322

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text 2017-11-02 09:04
16 festive tasks
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

Okay, I´m going to give this a try and I´ll update this post later.  

 

 

 

 

The Reading Tasks: Read a book that has a primarily black and white or gray cover, or one that has all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover.

 

For this I am going to read Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs  

 

 

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review 2017-10-24 21:00
A Christmas Affair
A Christmas Affair (Ransom Canyon) - Jodi Thomas

Title: Christmas Affair

Author:  Jodi Thomas

Publisher:  HQN Books

Series: Ransom Canyon #6.5) 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"A Christmas Affair" by Jodi Thomas

 

My Thoughts....

 

I loved this heartwarming 'Ransom Canyon #6.5 series'... Christmas novella that will keep you turning the pages till the end.  We find that Maria Davis who is blind from a accident would like something special this Christmas...an affair with a certain storekeeper Wes Whitman where she sells her jams and jellies in the local grocery.  Now what will come of this especially with both Maria and Wes being so shy? Also in this story will be about a 15 year old teenager [Travis] who arrives to stay with his great uncles.  What will come of this situation? Be ready for a sweet romance that will definitely leave you with a heartwarming lighthearted story as this author does her magic at wrapping ones heart around her interesting characters and yes we get a happy ending!

 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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